Council tables Tower and Landscaping
Houston County Courier
By Virginia Lewis
Members of Crockett City Council tabled two agenda items during their regular meeting held on Monday, May 17. The first matter set aside by council was the public hearing and the associated action item revolving around a request from Verizon Wireless for a specific use permit for a com-munication tower to be located on property owned by S.C. Maxwell on Hwy 19 north outside the loop. City Administrator Ron Duncan told council that City Attorney Bill Pemberton sug-gested that the matter be tabled to a future agenda to allow for proper posting of the hearing and action item. The second measure to be tabled was consideration of a landscaping ordinance. Coun-cilman Bill Holcomb recom-mended that the effective date of the ordinance be delayed until the end of the city’s fiscal year or September 30. Following discussion, coun-cil agreed to table the matter to a future agenda. The proposed landscape or-dinance outlines the regula-tions that would have to be met when a building permit for a new office or retail structure is required: when a paving permit for a new, additional parking area for an office or retail business is required: or when a building permit for the remodeling, renovation or expansion of an existing or retail business increases the gross floor area by 30% or more. The ordinance outlines the specific plants, including trees, accent trees, shrubs, ground cover and vines that could be used. In other business, council canvassed the votes in the Sat-urday May 6 election: heard a report form Crockett Fire De-partment Chief Darrel Deckard regarding the submission of an application to USDA Rural Development for renovations to the fire station which include an additional truck bay to the south side of the building and a new truck in the amount of $1, 024,541.00; and approved a resolution authorizing the submission of a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program application requesting $250,000.00 from the Texas Department of Rural Affairs for the urgent need fund for repairs to sewer line. In final action, council authorized the city administrator to submit a bid to Crockett Independent School District for the purchase of 15.72 acres of land located on South Fifth Street. Councilman Holcomb stated “20 years ago the City eyed the property and now 20 years later we have an opportunity to bid on the property which would provide and excellent opportunity for the growth of the Park and greatly benefit the youth programs in com-munity. City Administrator, Ron Duncan presented Mid Year FY 2010 – 2nd Quarter Budget Review discussing a decrease in revenues due to reduction in sales tax and Hotel and Motel Taxes but was pleased to report this was the first month sales tax had gone back up and hopefully economic activity will pick up in coming months to improve our picture.